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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
November 23, 2014

Canadian Excellence

Lecture 5



WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY
Department of History

HI 210: GERMAN HISTORY, 1648-1871

Frederick The Great's Wars of Conquest and Survival

1. Frederick II ( the Great, 1744-86): "Tobacco Parliament" vs. Sons Souci
- Personality and ruler
- The "big crisis" : "run-away" and Frederick's "reformation"
- Rheinberg: a king in the making

2. The Conquest of Silesia, 1740-45
- Pragmatic Sanction (1713/1720)
- Maria Theresa: strength and weakness
- Frederick's miscalculation

3. The War of "to be or not to be": The Seven Years War, 1756-63
- Count Kaunitz's anti-Prussian Coalition
- Battles lost and battles won
- Prussia's survival and the Greatness of Frederick

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- Sophia Dorothea (Queen of Prussia, wife of Frederick William)
- Princess Wilhelmina (Frederick's favourite sister)
- Hans Hermann von Katte (best friend of young Frederick II)

- Charles XII (Swedish king, military genius)
- Prince Eugene of Savoy (outstanding Austrian general and statesman)

- War of the Austrian Succession, 1740-48 (unleashed by Frederick's invasion of Silesia)
- The "Pragmatic Army"
- Peace of Dresden, 1745

- Rossbach, 1757
- Leuthen, 1757
- Kunersdorf, 1759